Why State of K?
State of K is Q&A platform for empirical questions where you can answer your own question in just a few minutes by quickly gathering all of the studies that examine your question. Our software indicates the quality of each study source, how it was funded, and whether the study was criticized. If you build a list of studies on a yes-or-no question, our software uses natural language AI to generate the answer that each study gives to the question and then provides a single narrative answer based on those studies, adjusting for source quality and other factors.
Why did we build this? Many of the questions that inform our most important decisions have been studied extensively. But finding those studies - let alone understanding all their technical jargon - is too hard. The result is that people rely on uninformed opinion, sources that are ideologically driven or financially interested, or just plain poorly supported information. State of K seeks to solve this problem.
We start from the premise that the best available answer to an empirical question is a synthesis of all the studies that examined that question. We try to make gathering and understanding these studies as easy as possible in order to promote better decision-making in government, in investment, in childcare and in every other area that can benefit from empirical research.